TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Janet: Humor, I think, which creeps in unbidden into nearly everything I've written.
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Janet: Since I've sold on proposal by necessity I've become a plotter, but my synopses are very vague with huge holes so I actually write as a pantser and trust that everything will fall into place.
TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Janet: Jane Austen--of course--Mrs. Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Anna Maxted, Terry Pratchett. All English!
TQ: You’ve written 2 Austenesque paranormal novels – Jane and the Damned (2010) and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion (2011). What inspired you to write them?
Janet: The editor who bought my first Regency chicklit, The Rules of Gentility, suggested I write something about Austen and vampires, since at the time P&P&Zombies was very big. I'm not sure that what I wrote, Jane and the Damned, was quite what she had in mind, but she wanted something funny, which she did get. I don't consider myself a paranormal writer but I had fun creating a world that could accommodate both Jane Austen and the supernatural.
TQ: Describe Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion in 140 characters or less.
Janet: Chawton vampire alert! Jane is Damned again.
TQ: How does Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion fit into the Austen pantheon? Does it continue an Austen novel or present an alternate version? Or is it something else?
Janet: Absolutely something else. It's based very loosely on episodes in Austen's life but in an alternate England where vampires are "out" and visible in society. In the first book, Jane and the Damned, Austen is created a vampire and is taken to Bath to take the cure, the Bath waters, but when the French invade, she stays a vampire to fight them. JABP is set 13 years later when the Damned, the vampires, are out of favor and settle in the village of Chawton, and their proximity to Jane makes her acquire vampire characteristics once more.
TQ: What is your favorite Jane Austen novel? Why?
Janet: Emma--it's funny and full of levels of irony and deception (in both Austen's and the characters' voices) and it always engages me when I reread it.
TQ: If you could go back in time to have tea with Jane Austen what would you want to ask her?
Janet: About the letters her sister Cassandra destroyed although I suspect they were full of nasty comments about her family and/or people she knew, nothing really juicy! Also what she thinks of the whole Austen sequel, prequel industry.
TQ: Will there be additional Jane Austen paranormals?
Janet: Probably not. It was a two book contract and I wrapped up both the story arc and Jane's life in the second book.
TQ: What’s next?
Janet: My next book is a rewrite of my first novel Dedication, the only trade Regency with two bondage scenes, which Loose-Id will be bringing out next year. I've also got a short story in the fabulous anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It ed, Laurel Ann Nattress, which also came out this month. I'm writing this from Ft Worth, TX where we had a book launch party for the anthology, JABP, and Carrie Bebris's latest--it was also the location for the JASNA Conference, which was wonderful.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
About Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, Jane and the Damned and Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Jane Austen: Blood PersuasionWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
October 4, 2011
It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.
Jane and the DamnedWilliam Morrow Paberbacks
September 28, 2010
Novelist . . . gentlewoman . . . Damned, Fanged, and Dangerous to know.
Aspiring writer Jane Austen knows that respectable young ladies like herself are supposed to shun the Damned—the beautiful, fashionable, exquisitely seductive vampires who are all the rage in Georgian England in 1797. So when an innocent (she believes) flirtation results in her being turned—by an absolute cad of a bloodsucker—she acquiesces to her family’s wishes and departs for Bath to take the waters, the only known cure.
But what she encounters there is completely unexpected: perilous jealousies and further betrayals, a new friendship and a possible love. Yet all that must be put aside when the warring French invade unsuspecting Bath—and the streets run red with good English blood. Suddenly only the staunchly British Damned can defend the nation they love . . . with Jane Austen leading the charge at the battle’s forefront.
Jane Austen Made Me Do ItLaurel Ann Natress (editor)
October 11, 2011
Stories by: Lauren Willig • Adriana Trigiani • Jo Beverley • Alexandra Potter • Laurie VieraRigler • Frank Delaney & Diane Meier • Syrie James • Stephanie Barron • Amanda Grange • Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Carrie Bebris • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley
“My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy’s heartfelt words, then you, dear reader, are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen—her novels, her life, her wit, her world.
In Lauren Willig’s “A Night at Northanger,” a young woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe’s “Waiting” captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion’s Wentworth and Anne as they await her family’s approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani’s “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane” imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall’s “Jane Austen’s Cat,” our beloved Jane tells her nieces “cat tales” based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler’s “Intolerable Stupidity” finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany’s “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley’s “Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss,” a widow doesn’t believe she’ll have a second chance at love . . . until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.
Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors.
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